Colorectal Surgery

Saint Francis Colorectal Surgery
Medical Services Building, Suite 601
701 N. Clayton Street
Wilmington, DE 19805

Phone 302.575.8286

Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

David E. Stein, MD, one of the first colorectal surgeons in the Greater Philadelphia area to perform minimally invasive laparoscopic colon resections has recently been appointed Medical Director of Colorectal Surgery at Saint Francis Hospital. He strongly emphasizes screening and surveillance as a way to save lives.

Some facts about colorectal cancer:

  • Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the U.S.
  • Colorectal cancer is known as the “silent disease” because many do not develop symptoms, such as bleeding or abdominal pain until the cancer is difficult to cure.
  • The possibility of curing patients after symptoms develop is only about 50%. If detected and treated early, before symptoms develop, the cure rate is higher.
  • Many polyps and cancers of the colon and rectum do not produce symptoms until they become fairly large.
  • The lifetime risk of colorectal cancer is 1 in 20.
  • The risk increases if there is a family history of colorectal polyps or cancer and is even higher if there is a personal history of breast, uterine or ovarian cancer.
  • The risk is higher for people with a history of extensive inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.